Six Free Fall Chalkboard PNG Graphics

Six Free Fall Chalkboard Graphics

all six graphics are available for download below in PNG format.  enjoy!

Crabapples

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crabapple example

Pumpkin

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pumpkin example

 

Branch

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branch example

 

Acorn

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acorn example

Corn Cob

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white corn example

Pilgrim Hat

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pilgrim hat example

How to Make a Mason Jar Terrarium

Mason Jar Terrarium

 

Proper plant selection is key to a happy terrarium.  Make sure you pair plants that have similar growing requirements.  For example, pairing succulents which thrive in drier soil with lush, humidity loving tropical plants will result in environmental discord within your terrarium.  Satisfying the growing requirements of both will be impossible.  Choose plants that require similar light and watering requirements.  Since my mason jar terrarium with have a lid and therefore higher levels of humidity, I selected plants that would thrive in that environment.

For my high humidity terrarium I chose

Pink Nerve Plant {Fittonia verschaffeltii}

Nerve plants feature dark foliage with either bright pink or white veins.  I chose the pink for a bright punch of color in my terrarium. They thrive in humid, moderate light conditions.

Baby’s Tears {Soleirolia soleirolii}

Baby’s Tears are one of my favorite low growing house plants.  They require frequent watering in order to maintain their fresh, springy growth which makes them perfect for a closed lid terrarium.

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I placed a few pebbles at the bottom of my container to help with drainage, and topped that with a few tablespoons of horticultural charcoal.  The charcoal is not necessary for a successful terrarium, however it does help to combat  odors from plant material that might start to decay in such a humid environment.  If you don’t have horticultural charcoal available, consider an open lidded terrarium, or make sure you remove any plant material that begins to decay.

I added about 2 inches of sterile potting soil on top of my charcoal/pebble mixture.  I added water to my potting soil before placing it in my container because I wanted to ensure that mmy plants would have a nice environment to transition into.  Also, starting with moisten soil means that you wont end up with excess water draining into the bottom of your container.  Although the pebbles and charcoal at the bottom of the container are meant to help with drainage, the goal is to keep your mason jar from collecting water at the bottom.  Too much water will cause the soil to be excessively wet, which will encourage root rot and bacterial growth in your container.  Gross.

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The last step in my terrarium creation was to position my plants.  Using a wide mouthed, quart sized mason jar was helpful because I was able to position my plants with a little more ease.  Once my nerve plant and baby tears were in place I drizzled about two tablespoons of water in my container and fastened the lid.

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Closed lid terrariums do not need frequent watering.  The humidity present due to the initial watering and already moist soil is designed to create a mini ecosystem with it’s own “rain showers” in the form of condensation.  Making sure that your terrarium is in a brightly lit location will assist with this process.  It might take a month or so to get your terrarium on a watering schedule, but start with adding roughly a tablespoon of water every two weeks, making adjustments if the soil in your container dries out more frequently.

Opening the lid and allowing the container to breathe is an important step in keeping your terrarium healthy and happy.  Leaving the lid off for a few days a month should be about right.  Also, do not fertilize your terrarium, you don’t want to encourage growth in your small container.

Adding green to your indoor space is as easy as finding a canning jar, a few houseplants, and watering twice a month.

Mason Jar Terrarium PIN

Fall Quote

download printable here

breathe in the autumn air

How to Divide Ferns

 

Final Fern Instructions

It’s October.  Technically its late October, but here in Orem, UT it doesn’t feel like it.  But that’s life along the Wasatch mountain range.  We can have snow as early as September or we can freeze our tomato starts in June.  This fall has been perfect.  The leaves have taken their time changing, and I’ve only had to wear my jacket at three afternoon sophemore football games.  Perfect.

Aside from the weather allowing me to be a stalwart high school football fan, its permitted me to be continue my work in the garden.  The climate has been perfect for dividing and transplanting perennials, and I’ve tried to take advantage of every brisk afternoon to do just that.  This past weekend I was lucky enough to be the recipient of some hand me down ferns.  I love ferns {you can read about some of my favorite varieties here} but I don’t have a lot of suitable space for them.  Our 1940’s home had nary a tree on the lot when we moved here in March, so shade is hard to come by.  But when asked by and old neighbor if I’d like a bunch of Lady Ferns from her garden I couldn’t say no, and I became determined to find a place for them.

At high noon I went wandering in the back yard, figuring that if I could find somewhere with some shade at straight up 12:00 I’d be set to go.  This is what I found:

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A lonely south-western corner of the yard home to nothing but a Diablo ninebark and a very small Russian sage start.  With shade in the middle of the day, and promise of protection from the hot afternoon sun I knew I found the perfect spot to park my fern transplants until I started to get some shade from my newly planted weeping willow and crab apples.

 I took all of my lovely fern starts and planted them just below the soil surface.  After planting I sprinkled a little root starting fertilizer before a thorough watering.  I’m planning on keeping this bed moist until my plants are established a little bit.  I’m looking forward to bunches of feathery fronds come next spring!